Liverpool could opt to keep Rhian Brewster for next season but that could force out Divock Origi. The Belgian has a decision to make.
Liverpool need to decide where Brewster plays his football next season. It’s a difficult choice and one that will affect their transfer plans this summer.
The 20-year-old bagged 11 goals for Swansea City over the second half of last season. Yes, it was Championship football but it was also Brewster’s first taste of senior football.
He passed the test with flying colours and proved that he can score goals. Not only that, but he can score goals of every type and with decent consistency.
That’s enticing for Liverpool, then. The Reds don’t have many goals behind their front-three – especially consistent goals. And that brings us to Origi.
Origi’s big decision
Origi is in a difficult position. He started last season with a lot of hope, having made himself a Liverpool legend the previous campaign and then scoring on opening day.
But that was not a sign of things to come. Origi wouldn’t score in the Premier League again until December when he scored twice against Everton. He wouldn’t get another until the final game of the season.
Xherdan Shaqiri’s injury problems meant that, combined with Origi’s struggles, Liverpool had no real attacking threat from the bench. Brewster offers a way to potentially fix that for no cost – but what does that mean for Origi?
The Mirror recently claimed that Origi would consider a move this summer in a bid to make EURO 2021. Aston Villa could be interested, they say.
He’d need game time in order to to prove to Belgium that they should pick him. Consistent games, too, if he’s to score the necessary goals to get their attention back.
Brewster being around would limit that. It could even condemn him to solely a left-wing role, which isn’t his ideal position.
We’d expect, then, that if Liverpool go with Brewster for next season, Origi will look to leave, even if it’s just on loan. It’s the only way he’d get in the Belgium team and, in all honesty, the only way he’d have a shot at a solid career from here.
Another season like the last and Origi isn’t going to have much of a reputation to secure a decent move, let alone a place in the Belgium squad.